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The Rule 5 Draft: A 10 year look back

One of the first articles I wrote for this site was a Rule 5 Draft piece to show how it has changed and developed over the years and a breakdown of each draft to try to find the trends in the draft. Then, I talk about who is likely to be selected and who should be safe.  Today, this is my fifth time writing this review in advance of the Rule 5 Draft. Every year the fans tend to...
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December 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Home Runs and Bunts for Hits: A Different 20-10 Season

Analytically-focused baseball hobbyists are not supposed to fall for the temptation of round-numbered accomplishments. Sure, round numbers are easy to remember (40-40 is easier to remember than, say, 34-41 or something), but over time they can appear to have a meaning or value beyond simply being an arbitrary, if memorable, landmark. That is all a qualification to this post. When...
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September 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Base Running Without a Bat

How far can a player go on base running alone? Probably not too far. Speed as a tool is obviously quite valuable, especially at an elite level, as it feeds both into the ability to provide value on the bases and in the field. Strictly in terms of offense, though, how good can a player be with a terrible bat and good base-running skills? Just for fun, here are five recent individual...
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May 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Daily Notes: Top Performers of the 2009 WBC, Curiously

Table of Contents Here’s the table of contents for today’s edition of the Daily Notes. 1. Top Performers of the 2009 WBC, Curiously 2. SCOUT Leaderboards: 2009 World Baseball Classic 3. Illustrative Video: Cuba’s Frederich Cepeda Top Performers of the 2009 WBC, Curiously Because both (a) a very persistent reader has requested it and (b) the author must produce content anyway...
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March 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Royals sign four veteran players to Minor League contracts

After the James Shields and Wade Davis trade, the Kansas City Royals signed four veteran players to Minor League deals. Left-handed reliever George Sherrill and right-handed reliever Dan Wheeler, along with outfielders Willy Taveras and Xavier Nady should get Major League spring training invites. Sherrill, 35, has nine years of Major League experience with the Mariners, Orioles...
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December 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Minor League deals: Herrera, Jimenez, Sherrill, Taveras and Wheeler

Here's a running list with the most recent Minor League deals: – Javier Herrera, once a top prospect with the A's organization signed a Minor League deal with the San Francisco Giants PRO Rumors has learned. The 27-year old outfielder is playing for Tiburones de la Guaira in the Venezuelan Winter League and is hitting .396/.444/.854 with 7 HR's, 18 RBI's and a ...
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December 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Willy Taveras: Return of the King of Something

After the Marlins and the Blue Jays swung that gigantic trade some time back, I found myself researching something with regard to Emilio Bonifacio, since if there was one thing people wanted to read about after that trade, it was Emilio Bonifacio. My research led me somewhere, but it didn’t lead me where I wanted — it led me to Willy Taveras, and I couldn’t think of any reason...
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December 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Royals sign Sherrill, Wheeler, Taveras to deals

The Royals have signed veteran pitchers George Sherrill and Dan Wheeler and veteran outfielder Willy Taveras to minor league contracts. Sherrill is a former All-Star who is coming off Tommy John surgery on his left elbow. The 35-year-old is 19-17 with 56 saves and a 3.77 ERA in 442 career appearances for the Mariners, Orioles, Dodgers and Braves. Wheeler, who turned 35 on Monday...
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December 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Royals add trio of veterans

Courtesy: Kansas City Royals KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has signed three additional players to minor league contracts for the 2013 season. The club plans to announce Major League Spring Training invitations at a later date. Left-handed pitcher George Sherrill, 35, is 19-17 with 56 saves and a 3.77 ERA in 442 career Major League appearances...
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December 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Royals Sign Three To Minor League Deals

KANSAS CITY, MO (December 11, 2012) — The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has signed three additional players to minor league contracts for the 2013 season.  The club plans to announce Major League Spring Training invitations at a later date. Left-handed pitcher George Sherrill, 35, is 19-17 with 56 saves and a 3.77 ERA in 442 career Major League appearances...
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December 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Reds risking postseason hopes with likely playoff rotation

Latos should be pitching Game One of the playoffs. If there’s one thing that has annoyed me and indeed many, if not most, Reds fans about the Dusty Baker era, it has been his lack of flexibility toward his roster. We’ve seen it time and again with such notable examples as the roles (and spots in the lineup) of guys like Corey Patterson, Willy Taveras...
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September 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Can the Reds avoid another Willy Taveras situation?

The news from the Twitters yesterday centered around a message from ESPN’s Buster Olney saying that the Cincinnati Reds … [visit site to read more]
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July 07, 2012  |  Discuss

The Rule 5 Draft: An eight year review

Bryce Stowell (Photo: Lianna Holub)With the Rule 5 approaching, I thought it might be a good time to dust off this old column and take a deeper look at the last few drafts. For this year I am adding a new breakdown where each year we will also look at the highest level each player has reached. I will only count the highest level though if they make eight starts or appear in ten games...
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December 06, 2011  |  Discuss

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